In the Galleries
Through November 30
Students Poems for Day of the Dead Altar
Fifth-grade students at the Rafael Hernández Dual Language School in Roxbury worked with their humanities teacher Ben Parad to write traditional literary  Calaverita  poems. These epigrams can be witty or satirical and are dedicated to friends, family members, or public figures (deceased or alive) during the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico, when the souls of those who have died are welcomed back. The poems were installed on the museum's Day of the Dead community altar.
Through November 30
The Magic of Chiapas
Just as with the transmission of ancestral knowledge, folk art in Chiapas is usually done in a family environment and is used in support of day to day life, rituals, and also as decoration. These art pieces represent a tiny fraction of a rich and diverse body of work made by over 300,000 artists from various cultures living in Chiapas today.
Daily through January 6, 2019
Fantastic Beasts Scavenger Hunt
Celebrate the film  F antastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald by embarking on your very own search for magical creatures. Dress up as your favorite character from the Wizarding World. Explore a maze of hallways and hidden rooms, peek around corners and into shadows to discover the real creatures and stories behind these fantastic beasts at three Harvard Museums of Science & Culture.
Programs and Events
Sunday, November 25, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
25% Savings during Museum Store Monday
at the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum
Celebrate the upcoming holidays with 25% off purchases of $50 or more in The Shop at HMNH and at the adjoining Peabody Museum's gift shop.* Find jewelry, household wares, toys, games, books, and wonderful goods to tickle curious minds.
*Offer excludes books at the Peabody Museum bookstore
Thursday, November 29, 5:00–9:00 pm
Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Member Night
at the Harvard Museum of Natural History
Welcome the winter season with a polar-themed evening. Go behind the scenes in the Museum of Comparative Zoology to view animals that are well adapted to living in a cold climate. Explore this theme further in the HMNH galleries with educators and hands-on activities, while enjoying seasonal treats, and the special 25% member discount at The Shop at HMNH.
Thursday, November 29, 6:00 pm
The Ghosts of Gombe
On July 12, 1969, Ruth Davis, a young American volunteer at Dr. Jane Goodall’s research site in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, left camp to follow a chimpanzee into the forest. Six days later, her body was found floating at the base of a high waterfall. What happened? Drawing on his recent book, The Ghosts of Gombe , Dale Peterson will delve into the full story of day-to-day life at Gombe during the months preceding Ruth’s death.
Saturday, December 1, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
Meet the First People of the Kalahari
See examples of animals both domestic and wild in Ju’/hoansi homelands, hear stories about teenage researchers John and Elizabeth Marshall, watch a short movie made by the researchers about the communities’ life then and now, practice some click language and hunting hand signals, and touch artifacts from other foraging and farming societies in the Americas. 
Thursday, December 6, 6:00 pm
The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America
What if human history was not merely a cooperative struggle against a harsh environment? What if violence and war were normal states of existence, punctuated by brief moments of peace? These are the questions Erika Lorraine Milam explores in her new book,  Creatures of Cain: The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America .
She will discuss how anthropologists and zoologists during the Cold-War era struggled to reconcile humanity’s triumph as a species with the possibility that this success might be rooted in our capacity for violence.
Museum News
Give the Gift of Membership
This holiday season, give a gift they’ll enjoy all year long. HMSC membership! Rates will be going up in 2019 so don’t wait. This is the year to give unforgettable experiences. Our new members will enjoy unlimited museum access, discounts on classes and gift shop purchases, and invitations to exclusive experiences, like our Annual Members Night. Purchase by November 26 for delivery before the end of Hanukkah and by December 14 for delivery before Christmas.
October 11–18, 2019
Discover Ethiopia with HMSC Travel
Experience striking natural beauty and rich history, from Addis Ababa to the majestic Blue Nile to the breathtaking Simien Mountains.
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This year’s Day of the Dead altar honors missing and murdered indigenous women, a theme chosen by the students of the Harvard class Moctezuma’s Mexico: Then and Now. The students created the tiles shown here on the altar.
Header: Detail of Plains Indian calumet (pipe) stem, ca. 1780-1830. PM 99-12-10/53101.2; Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, ©President and Fellows of Harvard College, "A unicorn" Woodcut after C. Gessner, Wellcome_V0021193; ≠Toma, son of Khuan//a and Gao, hands a caterpillar to Elizabeth Marshall. Gift of Laurence K. Marshall and Lorna J. Marshall © President and Fellows of Harvard College, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, PM# 2001.29.641. Gift of membership photo by David M. Barron.
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